“Relaxation, wellbeing and eco are the buzzwords at this modern oasis in the centre of Buenos Aires”
The spacious rooms are designed as individual spa centres, and their main aim is relaxation. Green plants trail over the windows, partially obstructing the street views, and double-glazing, thick white curtains and huge, soft beds with crisp Egyptian linens and a pillow menu mean falling asleep is easy.
Known as Superior and Deluxe, the rooms are almost identical throughout, with clean lines and modern white décor with a splash of green. There are 3 differences between the categories: Deluxe Rooms are larger, and come with a small balcony and a private sauna.
All rooms have huge Jacuzzis complete with comfortable head-rests and, best of all, an underwater sound system with a CD player and radio built in. By the side are candles and a menu of bath baskets (extra cost) offering options like the 'Love Elixir Bath', 'Body and Soul' or 'Life Burst Energy'. All feature scented oils, salts and little treats such as champagne, sliced fruit or eye masks.
There are Scottish showers, too, with 3 shower heads, which are said to aid circulation but are rather complicated to use. By the glass-bowl basins, you’ll find a generous assortment of organic toiletries, but should you run out there’s a stash in the cupboard for purchase. This ‘boutique’ sells everything from eye masks to bath bombs and exfoliators.
When you’ve exhausted all the water and steam options, the home entertainment system will keep you busy: large plasma TVs, iPod docks and HiFis feature in every room, plus there’s a DVD library downstairs.
CasaCalma certainly takes its eco ethos seriously: the light wood floors and walls are all sustainable/certified wood and the swirly cream patterned wallpaper is imported from Italy, as there’s no environmentally certified wallpaper in Argentina.
Breakfast and lunch are served in the small white dining room on the ground floor, which looks out onto glassed greenery. Breakfast is somewhat indulgent for a wellness hotel, with muffins, honey-glazed croissants and sweet dulce de leche, although there are cereals and fruit salad, too. There are also delicious juices made from herbs and exotic fruits native to Argentina.
Lunch is served until 3pm, with dishes such as whole-wheat spaghetti, salmon, risottos and lean cuts of beef; after that you can order from the 24-hour room service menu of house-made burgers, pizzas, sandwiches and salads. The food is organic where possible (including the meat) and CasaCalma’s head chef caters to any special requests.
Typical of the hotel’s feel at home philosophy are the 18 white boards that hang from the wall in the dining room, which make up the honesty bar: grab a beer from the fridge and just note what you took on your room’s board.
CasaCalma doesn’t offer dinner, but its location in the city centre means it’s easy to find somewhere good to eat. Restaurants include El Establo (Paraguay 489, just off Calle Florida), a classic steak house with uniformed waiters serving up arguably the best grilled meat in town. Or for a taste of Argentine pizza, try the hugely popular Pizzeria El Cuartito (Tacahuano, 937, 3 blocks from the hotel). It’s not smart, but heaves with locals every night of the week, with guaranteed atmosphere and good, cheesy pizzas.
Children are welcome at CasaCalma and under 2s stay for free. The hotel isn’t particularly geared towards kids, however - it has no outside space, and young children wouldn't benefit from the Jacuzzis or saunas (though the large DVD collection might keep them entertained while you relax).
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Babysitting can be arranged on request.
Baby cots are available.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking